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Monthly Archives: January 2011

(UPDATE) LAW FIRM ASKS COURT FOR GUIDANCE AS TO WHETHER PARENTS OR DOMESTIC PARTNER SHOULD RECEIVE BENEFITS OF A PROFIT SHARING PLAN

Posted in Divorce, Equitable Distribution

We previously blogged about Philadelphia based law firm Cozen O’Conner’s efforts to obtain a guidance as to how to pay-out the profit sharing plan of one of their partners who was in a same-sex marriage. Cozen was presented with a beneficiary designation form which appears to grant the partner’s parents the benefit. Muddying the issue was… Continue Reading

Recent Updates to Decedent’s Estates and Fiduciary Law Reflects the Divorce Code

Posted in Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Practice Issues

In October, 2010, Governor Rendell signed into law Act No. 85 which amended Title 15 and 20 of the Pennsylvania Code to address the death of a party during divorce proceedings. Previously, the Divorce Code was amended to reflect the fact that if a party to a divorce dies after grounds have been established, then equitable… Continue Reading

LAW FIRM ASKS COURT FOR GUIDANCE AS TO WHETHER PARENTS OR DOMESTIC PARTNER SHOULD RECEIVE BENEFITS OF A PROFIT SHARING PLAN

Posted in Equitable Distribution

Philadelphia based law firm, Cozen O’Connor, has asked the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for guidance as to the validity of a beneficiary designation form submitted by the parents of a deceased partner in their Chicago office. The parents of Ms. Sara Ellyn Farley, Esquire are seeking to receive the proceeds due to their daughter from the… Continue Reading

THE RULES CHANGE IN THE RELOCATION GAME

Posted in Custody

We have previously noted that there are few cases more vexing than those involving one parent deciding to leave this state with a child and move to another to pursue what he/she perceives as better pastures. Clear case law has developed since 1990 that set a standard for when relocation should be granted and setting… Continue Reading

IS SNOOPING THROUGH YOUR SPOUSE’S EMAIL ILLEGAL?

Posted in Divorce

 Over the past few weeks, an interesting story emerged about a Michigan husband, Leon Walker, who is facing felony charges stemming from his use of his wife’s Gmail password to access her email account and learn about her extra-marital affair. Mr. Walker used his wife’s computer – which was kept in the house, used by Mr…. Continue Reading

STATE SEN. MICHAEL A. O’PAKE

Posted in Divorce

Though this blog typically addresses current issues in Pennsylvania family law, I thought it was worth noting the passing of a long standing member of the Pennsylvania Senate, Senator Michael A. O’Pake. Among his many accomplishments and legislative efforts, he authored or helped spear-head many laws pertaining to family law, including the adoption of no-fault… Continue Reading